Arizona State and Pat Murphy to meet with NCAA

PatMurphy The NCAA is set to meet with Arizona State and Pat Murphy on Friday in Seattle according to a report from Jeff Metcalfe of The Arizona Republic. Pat Murphy was fired by Arizona State on November 20th by Athletic Director Lisa Love over the NCAA allegations that were getting investigated. (FULL ARTICLE)

The full allegations from the NCAA according to a report in the Arizona Republic (LINK) on December 18th 2009 are listed below:

1. Baseball officials violated a one-call-per-week rule by making at least 490 phone calls to prospective athletes between January 2004 and June 2009, the NCAA said.

2. Baseball coach Pat Murphy and four others allegedly committed ethical violations and compromised the NCAA investigation by discussing, and preparing spreadsheets on, matters related to the probe.

3. A then-assistant coach engaged in unethical conduct by denying he had conversations with another staff member about improper phone calls to prospects, the NCAA said.

4. Murphy and a former staffer violated phone-call and other rules in recruiting a prospective athlete.

5. Former athletes, designated as student managers, performed on-field coaching duties during games and batting practices. Their involvement violated regulations that limit the number of coaches.

6. Baseball athletes received impermissible training at non-ASU sports centers between spring 2004 and spring 2008 for a total of $63,000 in extra benefits.

7. Twenty athletes received a combined $5,889 for work they did not do in Murphy’s Programs for Youth program.

8. Murphy failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance with NCAA rules and to monitor practices of baseball administrators between January 2004 and June 2009, the NCAA alleged.

9. ASU violated institutional control principles related to allegations No. 1, 5, 6 and 7.

10. ASU committed a secondary, or lesser, violation by conducting a baseball camp for six prospective athletes during a period when no recruiting was to take place.

The allegations above are severe and the NCAA is likely going to deal harshly with the Sun Devil baseball program based on the history violations within Arizona State athletics. They are currently tied with SMU with eight major violations since 1953 and will be subject to repeat violators penalties. The minimum penalty can include a ban on competition and scholarship/recruiting restrictions in the sport involved for two years.

I have heard rumors from multiple sources that the NCAA is going to try to “hammer” Murphy in this investigation by giving him a multi-year ban from collegiate coaching. We’ll see if those rumors are correct.

You may check out the full article from Jeff Metcalfe by clicking here.